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Spectrum Software has released Micro-Cap 11, the eleventh generation of our SPICE circuit simulator.

For users of previous Micro-Cap versions, check out the new features available in the latest version. For those of you who are new to Micro-Cap, take our features tour to see what Micro-Cap has to offer.




Easily Overlooked Features - Winter 2005


This section is designed to highlight one or two features per issue that may be overlooked because they are not made visually obvious with a toolbar button.

Stepping Information in the Cursor Tracker
When a simulation uses stepping, multiple branches of each waveform will appear in the plot. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine which branch belongs to which value of the stepped parameter. A new feature has been introduced to the cursor trackers in Micro-Cap 8.0.7 to enable an easier reading of the stepped values for each branch of the waveform through the cursors.

For a stepped waveform, when Cursor mode is enabled, the cursors can be transferred from branch to branch through the Up and Down Arrow keys. If the Title of the plot is set to Auto, then the stepped values of the branch that the most recently moved cursor is on will be displayed in the plot title. This branch information is now also available within the cursor trackers.

The cursor trackers have the ability to display both the X, Y coordinates at its present point and the stepped values of the current branch. These two options can be enabled under the Trackers option in the Scope menu. The two options are:

Cursor: Branch Info

If Cursor is enabled, the X, Y coordinates will be displayed, and if Cursor: Branch Info is enabled, then the stepped values of the current branch will be displayed. Both, either, or neither of these options may be enabled. The figure below displays the use of the cursor trackers when only the Cursor: Branch Info option has been enabled.

Cursor tracker with stepping display

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